2 sergeants latest to be dishonorably discharged, jailed by military for gay sex

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The Indonesian Military (TNI) has dishonorably discharged and jailed two sergeants over gay sex, which, as we’ve well established by now, goes against the military’s morality and criminal codes. At least one of the sergeants engaged in non-consensual homosexual acts, a military court heard.

Military Court II-08 in Jakarta today published separate rulings on separate cases involving Staff Sergeant H and Sergeant W.

The court found H guilty of engaging in gay sex with at least two men, who were called as witnesses to the case. The court heard that H had sex with one of the men before and after the witness enlisted in the military.

H was sentenced to six months in prison and was dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.

The court handed identical punishments to W after finding him guilty of gay sex with several men. One witness, whose rank was not disclosed, alleged in court that W coerced him to masturbate together in a military facility.

Gay sex is not illegal in Indonesia, but it is practically a crime in the military. In 2009 and 2019, military chiefs issued telegrams containing clauses that strictly prohibit military personnel from “sexual perversions,” such as being involved in LGBT relationships.

Violations of the clauses can see servicemen imprisoned and discharged under the Military Criminal Code.

In 2021, a soldier was sentenced to six months in prison for having sex with multiple men, while another, in 2020, was given a year for having sex with another man.

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